Last post of the year! Got any resolutions planned? I don’t usually partake in this ritual, but might give it a shot this year. Maybe I should try introducing one each month instead of trying to do all at once and failing. :P
Very much related: I have this problem of being overly ambitious in my mind, and then not quite being able to live up to my plans. Baking for holidays is no excuse: there were about three more things I wanted to make for Christmas, which is laughable now that I look back at it. In addition to Stollen and cupcakes, I made focaccia bread…only things didn’t go quite as I had hoped.
I had never made focaccia bread, but wanted to do so because my aunt and uncle were having lasagna for our Christmas Eve lunch. While looking up recipes, I found Pioneer Woman‘s Olive Focaccia which sounded simple (no kneading!) and yummy (bread with olives in it, yo). Another incentive was that she said the dough could be refrigerated until needed.
My plan then was to mix it up, pop it in the fridge overnight, then shape, rise, and bake in the morning as I did with these rolls. Wellll…I (thought I) had a bit of a fail. But then it turned out to be the most delicious bread I’ve ever made. I’ll explain what I did below in case you’re wondering how to make overnight focaccia. Continue reading »